An image of French President Macron heavily garlanded is viral on social media.

"President Macron is turned into a human wreath during his official welcome to French Polynesia (sic)," reads the message.




A user even shared a tiny video showing the viral image of the heavily garlanded President.

Several users, even some verified users shared this image. Some journalists also shared this image.

Fact check:

The viral image showing the French President covered to his knees with Flower garlands is MORPHED. The claim is FALSE.

When searched using Google Reverse image search, we found that the image has been morphed. A news report by Euro News, a Pan-European television news network, shows that the French President was welcomed with garlands. However, only a few garlands only can be seen.

Titled 'French president Macron visits former colonies in French Polynesia', the report contains a one minute and twenty seconds long video clip of President Macron being greeted upon his arrival in Tahiti's main city of Papeete.

We also found the same video on Euro News YouTube channel. At 54 seconds, the video shows the actual situation.


We also found a report by `sputniknews.com', which states that many outlets have been duped by this doctored image of Macron.

According to the report, Illuminati Reptilien, a French satirical Twitter account known for the creation of doctored video shorts, posted an eight-second video of officials in French Polynesia officials draping the president in traditional garland necklaces. The final seconds of the video show Macron standing alongside other officials totally covered in flowers from his head to his knees.

Some person took the screenshot from this morphed video and shared it as original on social media, which duped everyone.

The report also states that Illuminati Reptilien is well-known in French meme culture for creating doctored videos at public officials' expense. Sometimes, they repurpose videos posted by politicians themselves, others, use clips from appearances on television, but always with hilarious results.

This claim has been debunked by smhoaxslayer.com also.

Therefore, a morphed image has been passed off as original. The claim is FALSE

Claim Review :   Image of heavily garlanded French President Macron
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Satya Priya BN

Motivated professional with a zeal to learn, Sathya Priya has more than 5 years of experience as a Content and Digital manager in Press, Electronic and Digital media. She is Andhra Pradesh government accredited Multimedia Journalist. Ms Priya has worked for more than 4 years as Web and Digital media manager in Bhaarat Today, telugu TV channel. Along with news, she has experience in television program production. Demonstrated excellent management and leadership skills to lead the Digital Media staff. Worked collaboratively with staff, management and IT support. A science Post Graduate, with great computing skills, She is a fact checker certified by Google News Initiative. She has also completed Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Certification from Google.

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